DCCC releases ads hitting Nunes over alleged meeting with former Ukrainian official

DCCC releases ads hitting Nunes over alleged meeting with former Ukrainian official
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on Tuesday unveiled an ad campaign against Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHillicon Valley: Apple, Facebook defend encryption during Senate grilling | Tech legal shield makes it into trade deal | Impeachment controversy over phone records heats up | TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today Controversy on phone records intensifies amid impeachment MORE (R-Calif.) over allegations he met with a former Ukrainian official to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE

“When Rep. Devin Nunes isn’t palling around with the soon-to-be criminally indicted, he’s traveling to Europe trying to pressure foreign governments to dig up dirt on President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE’s political rivals while wasting thousands in taxpayer funds,” DCCC spokesman Andy Orellana said in a statement.

“It’s become abundantly clear that Nunes is doing the absolute most to make himself more and more vulnerable while he ignores the hardworking folks of the Central Valley in order to do Trump’s political bidding,” he added.

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The DCCC is spending under $100 on the new ads, according to Facebook's ad archive.

The group specifically cited new reporting that Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, met with former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in December to discuss Biden, one of Trump’s chief political rival.

The California Republican played a starring role in the House’s impeachment inquiry, defending Trump from allegations that he tied $400 million in military aid and a White House visit for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Kyiv launching an investigation into the former vice president on unfounded corruption charges.

The ads started running Tuesday and will appear on Facebook across California’s 22nd Congressional District.

“Devin Nunes thinks YOU ALL are a bunch of turkeys. While Nunes was stuffing his pockets with $57,000 in taxpayer dollars, he was jetting off to Europe to do Trump’s political dirty work at the expense of Central Valley families,” one ad reads, referencing the price tag of Nunes’s trip to Vienna to meet with Shokin. 

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Nunes now could face a congressional review of whether he violated House ethics rules by allegedly meeting with Shokin on a taxpayer-funded trip after an outside group filed a complaint against him with the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

Multiple Democrats are running against Nunes next year as the party seeks to unseat him in his rural district, though a victory there remains a long shot for the Republicans’ competitors. 

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates Nunes’s seat as “Likely Republican.”